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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Rescue Competitions

Today was the local Civil Defence Rescue team competition for the Cliff Dale Trophy amongst other trophies. Civil Defence rescue teams from around Canterbury compete for a number of trophies in rescue techniques such as First Aid, use of Ladders, Stretcher lifts and lowers.Some of the Teams involved

Friday, September 30, 2005

Antarctic rescue gives up on two but shifts to rescue another two

Search and Rescue in the Antarctic give up on the search for 2 Argentine men who have been trapped down a 130m crevasse for 12 days. They are switching there efforts to a search for 2 Chileans trapped down a 40m crevasse who have more chance of being rescued alive.

NZ prepares bird flu response plan

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management and other Government agencies are making plans for a response to a potential bird flu pandemic.

More ...

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Preparing for disaster

National Disaster Reduction Week is coming. Are we ready? The second Wednesday in October of each year is the designated UN International Disaster Reduction Day, and here in New Zealand we extend that to become Disaster Reduction Week. A large part of this is to raise awareness about natural disasters.

Office Announcements

Office applications are a part of day to day life for many of us. Microsoft has the dominant position in most businesses, and even in most homes, but there is competition out there.

Sun has a low cost alternative in StarOffice and there is also a free option in OpenOffice

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ex-FEMA Head Brown Blames Woes on Louisiana Officials

How will our CD structure cope in "the big one". The recent Hurricane Katrina incident where FEMA head stepped down due to a perceived poor response to the disaster shows that it is as much politics as anything. The subsequent finger pointing is also pretty typical.

Recent budget increases for the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management were mainly going into Ministry staff.

The proposed new National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan is now open for submissions. Be informed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Rescue/USAR Responder Training

Tonight I had my final practical assessment for NZ USAR Responder, it went pretty well, so it should qualify me for the NZ USAR Orange Card once all the paper work is sorted out.

I have been working on the Civil Defence and USAR Response/Rescue training for some weeks now as requirements for the Response Management Team that I am a member of.

Tsunami could hit Auckland with little warning

After the event of the Tsunami in Asia last year a lot more focus has been put on the risk of Tsunami around the world. With more than 90% of NZs population within 4Km of a beach, obviously we have some exposure...

Trampers survive avalanche on Canterbury range

With the relatively late dump of snow some areas are more prone to avalanche than they normally would be.

Postscript - Investment needed to cut rescue times

Monday, September 26, 2005

Sons of Fortune

I am now reading Sons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer. I have read most of his past work over quite a few years, and enjoy this best sellers style. So-far - Another great read.


Other Blogs

A friend, and colleague, who helps me out with IIS advice from time to time, has a blog for IIS Hints and Tips "Ramblings of an IIS MVP".

Well worth a visit if you are involved in running an IIS website.

Sunday, September 25, 2005


I spent the weekend in Murchison for the WestFest Hamfest. A good weekend with a wide range of presenters, some bargains, and a good turnout from around the top half of the South Island.

I stayed at the Murchison Motels, a pleasant place to stay at a reasonable price.

Not far from Murchison are the Maruia Falls, created by the 1929 Murchison Earthquake.

Happy ending as missing toddler found

A growing number of Search and Rescue operations are in Suburban areas and often trained Search & Rescue volunteers are not called in early enough. It is good to see a report on a good result where trained SAR Volunteers were called in early.

Note - Search and Rescue in a Suburban (or Urban) environment is different to USAR, also known as Urban Search and Rescue, which is Civil Defence type search for survivors in urban disaster situations.